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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Jan. 26

The Child Development Department of the Health and Human Services division at Brookhaven College has been recognized by the ChildCareGroup with an Advocate Award. The department will receive its award as an Outstanding Community Partner, along with Dallas Afterschool Network and the Dallas Independent School District’s Early Education Department at the ChildCareGroup’s annual meeting February 5th at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas headquarters. ChildCareGroup, founded in 1901, is a nonprofit United Way agency dedicated to promoting, delivering and expanding the best child care services available. The families it serves are primarily the working poor, mostly with earning incomes below the poverty level. The agency is responsible for providing or managing the care of 14,000 children a day from low-income families.

Brookhaven College welcomed representatives from the local business community, the city of Farmers Branch and the college’s construction partners at groundbreaking ceremonies for a new Workforce and Continuing Education Center on January 16th. Richard McCrary, executive vice president, talked briefly about the new facility and introduced Trustee Bob Ferguson who spoke briefly about the importance of adding the new building, which will house programs for workforce training and continuing education. The center will encompass more than 27,000 square feet, offering multi-use classrooms and office space for the college’s Workforce and Continuing Education Division. The facility will be added to the east side of the college, near Alpha Road.

The Corporation for National and Community Service has selected Brookhaven College as a winner of the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The college will be recognized for exceptional accomplishments in service-learning and community service initiatives. The award is designated for “Special Focus: Service to Youth from Disadvantaged Circumstances.” Yasaman Contractor, coordinator of student programs and resources, will receive the award on behalf of the college along with Huong Dai, who was named the Goldblatt Scholar for community service.

Richard McCrary, executive vice president and chief instructional officer at Brookhaven College, was elected to the 2009 Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The chamber’s board approved the organization’s new members and its 2009 Program of Work and Operating Budget during a special meeting on January 7th. The 2009 Program of Work targets several primary initiatives for engaging the business community in key community issues and institutions. Chief among those are developing activities that help promote the interests of area public school districts and the college. The Metrocrest Chamber, led by President Greg Vaughn serves the communities of Carrollton, Town of Addison and Farmers Branch.




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